A Bozeman, Montana native, Philip received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing from Montana State University. He has since studied the art of stone-setting under Master Goldsmith Blaine Lewis at the New Approach School for Jewelers in Virginia. Philip has been at the bench at The Gem Gallery since 2006 and creates beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces that are custom designed and hand-built. His work focuses on hand fabricated pieces, intricate stone settings, and multi-metal inlays. Philip comes to work with a smile.
With over 20 years experience in metalsmithing, Chris
prides himself on his attention to detail. His meticulous craftsmanship lends itself to each repair and custom piece that comes from Chris’s bench. When designing, Chris employs a “no frills” aesthetic that features clean lines, elegant curves, and a subtle geometry. After earning a BFA in Metalsmithing from the Maine College of Art under Tim McCreight, Chris began his career in New Hampshire at an independently owned custom jewelry store. He later completed his MFA at Montana State University here in Bozeman, Montana. He fell in love with the mountains and skiing here and can often be found enjoying the outdoors. During his time at the Gem Gallery he has also studied with Blaine Lewis of the New Approach School for Jewelers to further hone his stone setting skills.
Born and raised in Bozeman, Jason spent much of his childhood around The Gem Gallery. From a young age, he took an interest in the jewelry making process. His constant curiosity lead him to learn from the experienced in-store goldsmiths and his father, Don Baide.
A 2018 graduate from MSU, Jason studied studio arts and business. He has also attended New Approach Jewelry School in Tennessee and CADCAM training in Toronto, CA. Jason’s design and goldsmithing abilities have been recognized with multiple awards including Saul Bell International Jewelry Award for Emerging Artist in 2016 and 2017. Jason currently does design and goldsmith work and is excited to eventually continue The Gem Gallery’s tradition of craftsmanship and quality.